Trust shows its Pride in Bedford

Last week The Harpur Trust was again proud to be the headline sponsor of the Pride in Bedfordshire awards organised by the Bedford Times and Citizen newspaper.

Jon Moses, a finalist in ITV’s Superstar, hosted the event which was attended by a host of organisations and individuals.


Awards were offered in the following categories:

  • Care in the community (sponsored by The Harpur Trust)
  • Excellence in education
  • Fundraiser of the year
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Unsung hero/heroine
  • Raising the profile of the town
  • Courage and kindness
  • Winner of winners

Ddsc_winner-of-winners-trevor-pocock-accepted-by-mark-tanner-6310-1avid Russell, Chief Executive of the Trust, gave a stirring speech before the Trust’s new video was played publically for the first time.  In his address to the nominees he said “You are here because you go out of your way to support and help others without any thought of recognition or reward.  Many of you give up your time to enhance the lives of those around you perhaps through fundraising or volunteering, by organising community events or by being good neighbours.  In so doing, you touch people’s lives, you inspire others to take action and you help to make our community a better one in which to live”.

Winner of the Care in the Community award was Pauline Cappell who is a fundraiser for St John’s Hospice, a bereavement visitor and founder member of Good neighbours and reads for the talking newspaper for the visually impaired.

Raising the profile of the town was our very own James Pharaoh who works at the Quarry Theatre at Bedford School and received the award for the work he has done in bringing Bedfringe to Bedford and promoting the arts in the town.

And the winner of winners (sponsored by The Harpur Trust) was won by Trevor Pocock who is a counselling volunteer for the Road Victims Trust and also received the volunteer of the year award.